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6:01 am
Wed October 17, 2007

10/18/07: Salt Lake Mayoral Debate

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Salt Lake City's Trax. Photo by Joel Mann

Salt Lake City, UT – The most recent polls show mayoral candidate Ralph Becker leading his opponent Dave Buhler in the race to lead Salt Lake City. But with just under 3 weeks to Election Day, the contest is heating up. Thursday on RadioWest, Becker and Buhler join Doug to explain their vision for Utah's capitol.

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KUER Local News
9:20 am
Tue October 16, 2007

Training Rescue Dogs

Goblin Valley State Park, UT – When police in Utah get a missing person's report, someone lost on a camping trip or back country hike, they often call the Salt Lake City-based group Rocky Mountain Rescue Dogs. The rescue dogs and their volunteer handlers are highly trained, participating in group exercises or "workouts" each month. Goblin Valley State Park was the scene of a recent workout. Lee Austin traveled there and has this report.

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2:20 am
Tue October 16, 2007

10/17/07: A Woman in Charge

Salt Lake City, UT – Hillary Rodham Clinton has already helped to define one presidency. The Yale Law School graduate was instrumental in the triumphs and trials of her husband's political career in Arkansas and in the White House. Now Senator Clinton may be poised to shape another presidency, but this time it would be her own. Wednesday Doug is joined by Carl Bernstein, author of the new biography A Woman in Charge.

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KUER Local News
9:20 am
Mon October 15, 2007

Minority Students Reflect on U Experience

Salt Lake City, UT – What is it like to be one of the small percentage of minority students represending diversity at the University of Utah? Today we hear from Jessica Solyom, who's finishing her master's degree in interpersonal communication and planning to continue working toward a PhD.

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1:46 am
Mon October 15, 2007

10/16/07: Exposed

Salt Lake City, UT – Between 1951 and 1992, the US Government tested 928 nuclear bombs in the Nevada desert, and Utah and its unsuspecting residents were downwind. Over time, scientists started to make connections between incidents of cancer and contamination from the fallout of those tests. Utah writer Mary Dickson has created a new play that looks at the human consequence of nuclear testing, and it's a very personal story. Mary Dickson joins Doug to talk about her own family's experience and about being "Exposed."

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:48 am
Fri October 12, 2007

10/15/07: Cheney's Law

Vice President Dick Cheney. March 2007.
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Salt Lake City, UT – Dick Cheney has been in Washington for some 34 years, and in that time, he says he's seen administrations "[trade] away the authority of the president to do his job." In a new Frontline documentary, producer Michael Kirk looks at Vice President Cheney's efforts to expand the power of the presidency. It's an effort that some view as the most ambitious in American history. Monday, Kirk joins Doug for a conversation on "Cheney's Law."

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
9:30 am
Thu October 11, 2007

10/12/07: Muses, Madmen and Prophets

Salt Lake City, UT – For much of history, those who heard voices were thought of as having a connection to the supernatural world: Socrates, Moses & Joan of Arc. People still hear voices today, but now it's explained as a trick of the human psyche or as a disease. After his own father struggled with voices, the journalist Daniel Smith set-out to understand the phenomenon. Smith joined Doug earlier this summer to talk about the history, the science and the meaning of auditory hallucinations. (Rebroadcast)

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4:13 am
Thu October 11, 2007

WaterWise Utah: WaterWise in Industry

Western Gardens in Salt Lake City, UT.
Tasha Cook

Salt Lake City, UT – As part of our Waterwise Utah series, we explore how consumers are cutting their water consumption by investing in drought-tolerant plants. KUER's Tasha Cook looks at the business of garden centers and nurseries.

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12:21 am
Thu October 11, 2007

Utah Water Laws Discourage Conservation on Farms

Charlie Black's farm in Syracuse, Utah
Black Island Farms

Salt Lake City, UT – While residents of Utah's urban areas are constantly reminded to "Slow the Flow" and conserve water, many of Utah's farmers are finding few reasons to change their water-using habits. Those who are conserving do it to increase crop yields, minimize labor costs or for reasons other than public policy. As KUER's Dan Bammes reports, there's just not much incentive under current law to encourage them to use less.

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9:42 am
Wed October 10, 2007

10/11/07: Charting the Course of the Bear River

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Bear River Bird Refuge. Photo by Firago

Salt Lake City, UT – The Bear River is the main source for the Great Salt Lake, and on its journey from the high Uinta Mountains through three Western States, the water is used for habitat, farms, electricity, recreation, lawns and homes. Craig Denton has written a new book, and in it, he describes how Urban Utah's thirst for water will chart the course of the river. Thursday on the program, Denton joins Doug as part of Water Wise Utah.

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9:43 am
Tue October 9, 2007

10/10/07: Nobel Prize Winner Mario Capecchi

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Dr. Mario Capecchi is Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics and Biology at the University of Utah's Eccles Institute of Human Genetics
Photo by Tim Kelly

Salt Lake City, UT – Mario Capecchi is persistent. He learned the trait early in life surviving as an orphan on the streets of war-torn Italy. He practiced it in the mid-80s when the National Institutes of Health told him his research was "not worthy of pursuit." But his persistence has paid off. This week, Capecchi and two others were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for their work in genetics. Wednesday, Mario Capecchi joins us for a conversation about science, his research and the determination to succeed.

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KUER Local News
11:11 pm
Mon October 8, 2007

Taking The Pledge

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Jenny Brundin

Salt Lake City, UT – So far, more than 4,000 Utahns have pledged to rip their strip, according to a local water conservation group - the Utah River's Council. In the first of a special series for Water-Wise week - KUER's Jenny Brundin profiles a couple of rippers to see how they fared.

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KUER Local News
10:23 pm
Mon October 8, 2007

U Geneticist Wins Nobel in Medicine

University of Utah Distinguished Professor Mario Capecchi
Dirk Douglass

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11:21 pm
Sun October 7, 2007

10/8/07: A Long Way Gone

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3:09 am
Fri October 5, 2007

10/9/07: So Help Me God

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Salt Lake City, UT – The argument over the relationship between government and religion is as old as the country itself. From the presidency of George Washington to that of James Monroe - a battle waged between those who saw God as the legitimate ruler of men and those who valued liberty above all else. In his new book, historian and theologian Forrest Church looks at the beliefs of the earliest presidents, and Tuesday he talks to Doug about how those beliefs formed our nation.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
11:57 pm
Thu October 4, 2007

10/5/07: The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas

Salt Lake City, UT – Davy Rothbart is a collector. As the creator of Found Magazine, he regularly brings to life items that have been tossed and forgotten. His acclaimed book "The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas," along with his pieces for This American Life, follows a similar vein. The collection of stories grew out of road trips and small towns, capturing the oddity, poetry and dignity of everyday life. (Rebroadcast)

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9:18 am
Thu October 4, 2007

Mine Disaster Hearings

Washington, DC – Families of miners and rescuers lost in the Crandall Canyon mine cave-in were on Capitol Hill Thursday. They were joined by Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who came to the Capitol to tell lawmakers what went wrong before -- and after the accident. Todd Zwillich has this report.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:05 am
Wed October 3, 2007

10/4/2007: Paula Poundstone

Salt Lake City, UT – When Paula Poundstone describes Joan of Arc as "called by God and driven to drink," there's a natural segue to the comedian's own battle with alcoholism. In her latest book, Poundstone faces her life head-on by looking at the lives of seven historical figures. Paula Poundstone will perform this weekend in Salt Lake City, and Thursday she joins Doug to talk about comedy, public radio and rebuilding a life.

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5:04 am
Tue October 2, 2007

10/3/07: The Book of Vice

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Salt Lake City, UT – You know Peter Sagal as host of Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me, but would you have recognized him in a gambling hall or a strip club? Well, if you're about to protest that you wouldn't actually go to strip club - never fear: the Harvard-educated NPR host has written a book to take you there. It's called The Book of Vice, and Wednesday on RadioWest, he joins Doug to share what he learned about sinful behavior and the places it's practiced.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:27 am
Mon October 1, 2007

10/1/07: May it Please the Court

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Salt Lake City, UT – It's the first Monday of October, the traditional date when the US Supreme Court goes back into session. Today on RadioWest, we're celebrating by playing back some of the arguments recorded in the country's most powerful courtroom -- among them the case that clinched the fate of Richard Nixon, Roe vs. Wade and the argument that decided the election in 2000.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
1:23 am
Mon October 1, 2007

10/2/07: Brooke Gladstone On the Media

Salt Lake City, UT – In 1995, Brooke Gladstone took on a rare beat in broadcast journalism - she started reporting on the media itself. Now she is co-host and managing editor of NPR's On the Media, heard weekly on KUER. Brooke Gladstone is in Salt Lake City, and joins Doug in studio for a look at the media universe today.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:08 am
Fri September 28, 2007

9/28/07: Poet Mark Strand

Salt Lake City, UT – Mark Strand has been described as a poet of simple words. But his body of acclaimed work is playful and mysterious - a voyage through the sound of language. The Pulitzer Prize winner and former US Poet Laureate is in Utah this week, and joins Doug Friday in studio.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
10:42 pm
Wed September 26, 2007

9/27/07: Raising LaVaughn

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Salt Lake City, UT – Utah has a bit of a reputation for shall we say "unique" names. Collectors have come up with gems like LaVaughn for a girl and DeLoyal for a boy. But the author Lauren Wattenberg says that the country as a whole is following the trend. Parents are choosing monikers that help their children stand out from the crowd - for better or worse. Lauren Wattenberg is the author of "The Baby Name Wizard," and joins us today to help us kick off KUER's Fall Fund Drive.

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4:11 am
Wed September 26, 2007

9/26/07: Fundamentalist Mormonism

Salt Lake City, UT – Polygamist-sect leader Warren Jeffs was relying on an argument made by his attorneys that his trial for arranging the marriage of an under-aged girl was really about religious persecution. Yesterday, a jury dismissed the idea and convicted him on two felony charges. The jurors said the case was really about the age of the bride: she was 14 at the time. We're talking about the case and about the fallout of the verdict. We're also looking at the history and the future of fundamentalist Mormonism.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
6:28 am
Mon September 24, 2007

9/25/07: Ken Burns' "The War"

Salt Lake City, UT – Veterans of World War II are dying at a rate of 1,000 a day. It was their first hand accounts, the deeply personal narratives of those who lived through the war that acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns set out to capture. It's not the story told by generals or historians, but by the men and women who were on the ground. Today on RadioWest, we're broadcasting Doug's interview with Burns about "The War."

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:30 am
Mon September 24, 2007

9/24/07: Sanitizing "The War"

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Salt Lake City, UT – Responding to PBS stations' worries about language content in his new documentary "The War," Ken Burns created a version that expunged the twice used "f-word" and the few "s-words." KUED is running the edited version during prime-time, and the full version during the "safe harbor" after 11 p.m. Monday, Doug is joined by author Jeremy Lipschultz and others for a look at the FCC, its vague rules about indecency, and the careful balance between defining obscenity and protecting the First Amendment.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
9:26 am
Sat September 22, 2007

9/21/07: An Evening of Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin in City Lights

Salt Lake City, UT – On Friday evening, September 21st, KUER and RadioWest presented its third evening of silent film. This year, we took on the great Charlie Chaplin. If you weren't able to join us last night - go out and rent Charlie Chaplin's City Lights and watch it after listening to show. It won't be quite the same as watching it in an audience of some 1250 people, but it will be worth your time.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
10:08 pm
Fri September 21, 2007

9/21/07: An Evening of Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin in City Lights

Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest's Host Doug Fabrizio talks to NPR film critic Bob Mondello, Hunter Hale of The Organ Loft and organist Blaine Gale about the silent film era and the work of actor Charlie Chaplin.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
9:13 am
Thu September 20, 2007

9/21/07: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder

The author Richard Louv

Salt Lake City, UT – Guest host Teresa Jordan is joined by childhood development author Richard Louv to talk about his book Last Child in the Woods. Kids today have little hands on contact with the natural world, they learn in school about global warming and acid rain, but many have never seen a bunny hop through the woods. Does it matter? Saving our children from Nature Deficit Disorder, today on RadioWest. (Rebroadcast)

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10:17 pm
Wed September 19, 2007

Nuclear Power Plant Debate

Salt Lake City, UT – A legislative committee has taken up a controversial piece of legislation that would pave the path for a nuclear power plant in Utah. Testimony focused on the risky economics of the venture. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.

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